IEEE International Conference on Advanced Networks and Telecommunications Systems
18-21 December 2022 // Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

Keynote Speakers

Professor Dan Kilper

Director & Principal Investigator


Professor Dan Kilper is the Director of the CONNECT Centre, and Principal Investigator. He is Professor of Future Communication Networks in the School of Engineering in Trinity College Dublin.

Professor Kilper received his PhD in physics from the University of Michigan in 1996. From 2000 to 2013, he was a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs.  He is a senior member of IEEE, a topical area editor for the IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking (TGCN) and chairs the optics working group in the IEEE International Network Generations Roadmap. He was recognized as a 2019 NIST Communications Technology Lab Innovator and holds eleven issued patents and authored six book chapters and more than one hundred sixty-seven peer-reviewed publications. His research is aimed at solving fundamental and real-world problems in communication networks in order to create a faster, more affordable, and energy efficient Internet, addressing interdisciplinary challenges for smart cities, sustainability, and digital equity.

Professor Kilper comes to CONNECT from the University of Arizona where he held a research professorship in the College of Optical Sciences, and a joint appointment in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also holds an adjunct faculty position in the Data Science Institute at Columbia University, where he is a co-PI on the COSMOS advanced wireless testbed. He was lead PI on the founding project of SFI’s US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership and has served in leadership positions in multiple international university-industry research centres including participating in CONNECT’s precursor, CTVR, while he was at Bell Labs.

Professor Krishna Sivalingam

Institute Chair Professor,
DAWNLab, Dept of CSE, IIT Madras
IEEE Fellow, ACM Distinguished Scientist, INAE Fellow


Krishna M. Sivalingam is an Institute Chair Professor in the Department of CSE, IIT Madras, Chennai, INDIA, where he also served as Head of Department from Feb. 2016 – Feb. 2019. Earlier, he was a Professor in the Dept. of CSEE at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA; with the School of EECS at Washington State University, Pullman, USA from 1997 until 2002; and with the University of North Carolina Greensboro, USA from 1994 until 1997. He has also conducted research at Lucent Technologies’ Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ, and at AT&T Labs in Whippany, NJ.

He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1994 and 1990 respectively; and his B.E. degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 1988 from Anna University’s College of Engineering Guindy, Chennai (Madras), India. While at SUNY Buffalo, he was a Presidential Fellow from 1988 to 1991.

He holds four patents in computer networks and has published several research articles including more than eighty journal publications. He has published an edited book on Next Generation Network Technologies in 2011, on Wireless Sensor Networks in 2004 and on optical WDM networks in 2000 and 2004.

He is presently serving on the Editorial Board of IEEE Networking Letters.

He has served as the Editor-in-Chief for Springer Photonic Network Communications Journal and the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Future Internet. He has served as a member of the Editorial Board for several international journals including IEEE Transactions of Mobile Computing, ACM/Springer Wireless Networks Journal and Elsevier Optical Switching and Networking Journal.

He has served on the Steering Committee of IEEE International Conference on Advanced Networks and Telecommunications Systems (ANTS) and ICST International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services (MobiQuitous).

He is a Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of INAE and an ACM Distinguished Scientist.


Professor Massimo Tornatore

Associate Professor
Department of Electronics, Information, and Bioengineering
Politecnico di Milano


Massimo Tornatore is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electronics, Information, and Bioengineering, Politecnico di Milano. He has also held appointments as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Davis, USA, and as visiting professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

His research interests include performance evaluation, optimization and design of communication networks (with an emphasis on the application of optical networking technologies), network virtualization, network reliability, and machine learning application for network management. In these areas, he co-authored more than 400 peer-reviewed conference and journal papers (with 19 best paper awards), 2 books, and 1 patent. He is a member of the Editorial Board of IEEE Communication Surveys and Tutorials, IEEE Communication Letters, IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, and Elsevier Optical Switching and Networking. He is an active member of the technical program committee of various networking conferences such as INFOCOM, OFC, ICC, and GLOBECOM. He acted as technical program chair of ONDM 2016, DRCN 2017, and DRCN 2019 conferences. He participated in several EU R&D projects (among others, FP7 COMBO, H2020 MetroHaul, and Cost Action RECODIS) as well as in several projects in the USA, Canada, and Italy.



Professor Biswanath Mukherjee

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
University of California, Davis


Mukherjee obtained his bachelor’s degree in technology with honors from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 1980 and got his Ph.D. from University of Washington in 1987. The same year (1987) he joined the Department of Computer Science at University of California, Davis where he became a Professor in 1995, and Distinguished Professor in 2011. From 1997 to 2000 he served as chair of the Computer Science Department. During 1995–2000, he held the Child Family Professorship at UC Davis. To date, he has supervised 80 PhDs to completion and currently mentors 6 advisees, mainly PhD students.

Besides being a respected computer scientist, he also served on numerous editorial boards and was General Co-Chair of the IEEE/OSA Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference 2011, Technical Program Co-Chair of OFC’2009, and Technical Program Chair of the IEEE INFOCOM’96 conference. He is Editor of Springer’s Optical Networks Book Series. He has served on eight journal editorial boards, most notably IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and IEEE Network. In addition, he has guest-edited Special Issues of Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, and IEEE Communications. He was the first elected chairman of Communication Society’s Optical Networking Technical Committee. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors (2002-2007) of IPLocks, Inc., a Silicon Valley startup company, acquired by Fortinet, Inc. He also served as a founding member of the Board of Directors (2015-2018) of Optella, Inc., an optical components startup, acquired by Cosemi, Inc. To date, he has served on the Technical Advisory Board for over a dozen startup companies, including Teknovus (acquired by Broadcom), Intelligent Fiber Optic Systems, and LookAhead Decisions. He is Founder and President of Ennetix, Inc., a startup company incubated at UC Davis and developing AI-powered, cloud-based, application-centric network performance analytics and management software for improved user experience.



Professor D. Manjunath

Electrical Engineering Department
IIT Bombay

Topic: Paying for our Bits


Internet services is a complex economic interaction between three key actors: Content providers (CPs), consumers, and Internet service providers. Quality of the user experience in networked applications is, traditionally considered the responsibility of the Internet service provider (ISP). The ISPs though face the triple whammy of increasing demands on network resources, shorter technology lifecycles resulting in more frequent infrastructure investments, and a very cost sensitive customer base. Smart pricing schemes can help extract some of the consumer surplus. Net neutrality and other regulations are forcing ISPs to find innovative ways of extracting the CP side surplus.

In this talk we will explore some of the ways in which the ISPs are able to provide improved user experience and have CPs pay for their investment in the infrastructure. Using microeconomic models we will then analyse the effect on the CP market structure.


D. Manjunath has been with the Electrical Engineering Department of IIT Bombay since July 1998. He has previously worked in the Corporate R \& D Center of GE in Scehenectady NY (1990), CIS Department of the University of Delaware (1992–93), CS Department, University of Toronto (1993–94) and the EE Department of IIT Kanpur (1994–98). At IIT Bombay, he was Head of the Computer Centre during 2011-15. His research interests are in the general areas of communication networks and performance analysis. Some of his recent research has concentrated on economics of the Internet and learning models for recommendation systems. He is a recipient of the best paper award at ACM SIGMETRICS 2010. He was an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Networking, Queueing Systems: Theory and Applications, and of Sadhana: The Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences and is currently an editor of Current Science. He was TPC chair for COMSNETS 2011 and NCC 2015 and general chair for ACM MobiHoc 2013, COMSNETS 2015, and ACM SIGMETRICS/IFIP PERFORMANCE 2022. He is a coauthor of two textbooks, Communication Networking: An Analytical Approach (May 2004) and Wireless Networking (Apr 2008), both of which are published by Morgan-Kaufman Publishers.


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